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USA Equestrian
De Leyer Named As Recipient Of Pegasus Medal Of Honor

Harry de Leyer, 75, of Dyke, VA, joins Charles Crabtree of Simpsonville, KY, as a recipient of the 2002 USA Equestrian Pegasus Medal of Honor.

One of 12 children, de Leyer was born in the Netherlands. He learned to ride as a member of an agriculture youth group and in 1950 he moved to the United States with just $160 in his pocket. In the mid-1950's he became the riding instructor at the Knox School on Long Island in New York while operating his own Hollandia Farm in nearby St. James. It was during this time that de Leyer discovered a horse that was on it's way to slaughter. Despite the ragged appearance de Leyer purchased him for $80, $20 more than the going rate for a slaughter horse and named him Snowman. This pair went on to hold the AHSA Open Jumper title and to dominate shows like the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden.

The Pegasus Medal of Honor was created as an annual award to recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding service to horses and the sport. Through their dedication, recipients of the Pegasus Medal of Honor have attracted people to the sport and contributed to horse sports by advancing its popularity. Harry de Leyer and Charles R. Crabtree will receive a commemorative USA Equestrian Pegasus Medal of Honor to be formally presented at the Pegasus Dinner held during the USA Equestrian Annual Meeting, January 15-19, 2003, at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, Kentucky.

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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